I know that GOP partisans were mad about the questions asked last night. And I think they were right to be -- the questions looked a lot more like Democratic oppo research gotcha questions than issues Republican voters necessarily cared about in the election.
However, I think it is wrong to criticize Republican party leadership for the debate program. While it would be nice if some of the questions came from the Right, this is exactly the kind of testing their candidates will get in the general election. Wouldn't the Republicans like to know if their candidate can't handle the Leftish media headwind or if some gotcha question really turns out to be a solid hit to the vital organs -- before they are stuck with him or her?
This issue is related to one I have thought about for a while -- what I call the only silver lining from the current Progressive domination of college campuses. It may be an uncomfortable environment for libertarians, but they are going to come out of college (as I did) having endured 4 years of 20 on 1 political arguments. While progressives will only have experience chatting with other progressives in a warm fuzzy welcoming micro-aggression-free echo chamber. Which one will be better prepared do defend their ideas in the real world?